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New Master Planned Community Off Highway 41 Gets Approval for Environmental Study

MADERA — A new master planned community an L.A. developer wants to build along Highway 41 took its first official step forward last week. On Tuesday, May 14, the Madera County Board of Supervisors OK’d an agreement that will allow a consultant working for the developer to do an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the proposed 281-acre mixed-use project just ...

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Two County Fire Stations To Be Closed In The Mountain Area

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to close two county fire stations and consolidate staff and equipment with others nearby. Madera County Fire Station 16 in Ahwahnee will be closed, as will Station 17 in O’Neals. Madera County Assistant Fire Chief Matt Watson told the board this morning that while “the concept of consolidation may ...

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Cal Fire Burn Restrictions And Guidelines For Madera County

MADERA – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced that effective 8 am. on Monday, May 13, hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County is restricted below 1,000 feet in elevation. Hazard reduction burning above 1,000 feet is allowed on permissive burn days with a valid permit from San Joaquin Valley Air ...

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Purple Cow Gives Way To Greener Pastures

OAKHURST — The former homes of two prominent local businesses — the Purple Cow and Mike’s Iron Horse Barbecue — were demolished Thursday. Crews using heavy equipment leveled both dilapidated structures this week as the first stage of a redevelopment project off Highway 41 and Royal Oaks Drive. California Paving handled the demo work, removing everything on the property — ...

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Flash Flood Warning For Mariposa County, Heavy Rain In Central California

MARIPOSA – The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Warning for central Mariposa County until 8:15 p.m. There is a broader alert issued for Central California (see below). At 2:16 p.m. today, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across central Mariposa County. Flash flooding and debris flows are expected to begin shortly. Some locations that will experience ...

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Supervisors Approve Controversial Roundabout In North Fork

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to approve a $1.97-million contract to build Madera County’s first public roundabout in North Fork. The controversial project has been in the planning stages for nearly three years and will be been funded, in large part, by a federal clean-air grant. The circular intersection, in which traffic flows in ...

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One Day, One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY — If you’re traveling between the city and the foothills via Highway 41 on Wednesday, be prepared for a bit of a delay. Caltrans crews will be working on the southbound lane of Highway 41 between Avenue 15 and Avenue 12 on Wednesday, May 8, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The work is to ...

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Rental Market Being Squeezed By Home-Sharing Apps Like Airbnb

OAKHURST – The success of Airbnb and other home-sharing websites has created “a serious shortage” of long-term rental properties in Eastern Madera County, say those familiar with the rental market. On a scale of one to ten, Rhonda Salisbury, CEO at Visit Yosemite | Madera County, thinks the problem is “at least a seven or eight.” “But we’re not unique,” ...

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Supervisors To Vote Tuesday On North Fork Roundabout

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors will decide at their regular meeting Tuesday whether to approve a $1.97-million dollar contract to build Madera County’s first public roundabout in North Fork at the intersection of Roads 225 and 274. The controversial project has been in the planning stages for nearly three years and would be funded, in large part, ...

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Highway 49 Closure Extended Due To More Damage Found

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Caltrans is extending the full highway closure of State Route 49 (SR-49) from Bear Valley Road to just south of SR-132 in Coulterville. The closure – which began on Monday, April 29 and was initially scheduled to last 12 days through Friday, May 10 – has now been extended through 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. Crews ...

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